History of the West Lake Country Club, by Dr. Joseph Frey

2 Jan

In the early sixties, an impatient foursome waiting nearly an hour to play the next hole of a golf course considered the idea of building and operating their own golf course. Though it was a spontaneous suggestion, it soon became reality. One of the four had already been accumulating land for potential development in Columbia County, Georgia, and soon he owned a little over 700 acres, including a lake to serve as a water source for lawn maintenance. With the land purchased, the group established West Lake Development Company, a corporation comprised of 50 individuals, each owning a share in the golf course development.

Once funding and land were acquired, the group hired engineers and managers to help design the course. Though the construction took a bit longer than originally planned, with setbacks from severe weather, the West Lake Country Club opened for business in March 1969. The club gained even more exposure and business as the result of a temporary partnership with Sports Illustrated, which introduced 100 business people to the course during Master’s Week.

Today the West Lake Country Club continues to flourish and offers, in addition to golf, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool. Members also enjoy socializing through the onsite restaurants.

About the author: Dr. Joseph Frey is a member of the West Lake Country Club.

Psychologists Assess Competency to Stand Trial

14 Sep

By Joseph Frey

Determining competency to stand trial allows for the postponement of criminal proceedings for defendants who are unable to participate in their defense due to a mental or physical disorder or retardation. Courts appoint psychologists to conduct forensic mental health assessments. The defendant must be found to be oriented to time and place with some recollection of events. Additionally, defendants must demonstrate sufficient ability to consult with their attorneys with a reasonable degree of rational and factual understanding of the proceedings against them. The results of the competency evaluation influence a judge’s decision, most of whom concur with recommendations issued by the forensic psychologist. About 20% of felony defendants are found not competent to stand trial.

Forensic psychologists maintain no consensus on how competency evaluations should be conducted, though most guidelines and publications acknowledge the inadequacy of traditional clinical interviews. Some psychologists administer traditional psychological tests, but instruments specifically designed to measure competency are now widely available. For example, researchers at the MacArthur Foundation developed the MacCAT-CA, which many in the field view as promising.

About the Author

A Licensed Psychologist in independent practice, Joseph Frey conducts forensic consultations, including competency-to-stand-trial assessments. Dr. Frey also provides psychological consultations at Partners in Achievement.

Identifying Your Child’s Learning Style By Dr. Joseph Frey

15 Aug

While each child is unique, learning styles tend to fall into three distinct categories: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Auditory learners do better by listening rather than reading. Expecting an auditory learner to excel by reading sets all involved up for frustration. However, providing the same material in an auditory format plays to this learner’s strengths.

Visual learners thrive on charts, graphs, videos, and text. At the same time, they may experience difficulty understanding spoken instructions. Telling a visual learning child to attend to certain chores may not be productive, while leaving notes with instructions will most likely yield favorable outcomes.

Kinesthetic learners need to feel what they are learning. Hands-on experiences and activities are best for this group of learners. Understandably, children who need to move and touch to learn have difficulty sitting for long stretches of time.

The adage in Proverbs states, “Educate the child according to his way, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Written by King Solomon, these words ring just as true today. By acquainting themselves with their child’s style of learning, parents can help teachers create a path for success in the future.

About Dr. Joseph Frey: A seasoned psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Joseph Fray is a co-owner of Partners in Achievement Learning Centers in Augusta, Georgia.

How to Cook BBQ Cajun Shrimp (part 2 of 2) by Dr. Joseph Frey

13 Aug

Now that you’ve compiled all your ingredients, you are ready to begin cooking authentic Cajun-style BBQ shrimp. First, melt a stick of butter into a skillet and sauté parsley, seasoning, rosemary, celery, onions, and garlic for about three minutes. Melt the rest of the butter into the skillet and add the six ounces of beer. You’ll also want to throw in the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice at this step.

Transfer the butter into baking dishes, as many as you need to make sure that the shrimp is submerged in liquid. Put the dish or dishes into the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink. You’re ready to serve your dish. It is recommended to serve French bread alongside the BBQ shrimp.

About the author: Dr. Joseph Frey is a Cajun food enthusiast and amateur chef. He enjoys cooking new dishes, with a fondness for red beans and rice, crawfish étouffée, redfish courtbouillon, and, of course, BBQ shrimp.

A Discussion on Cajun Cooking, by Joseph Frey, III, PhD

2 Jul

Former French-Canadians known as the Acadians originated Cajun cooking. Leaving Canada because of British rule in the mid 1700s, they settled in Louisiana due to the hospitality of its natives. The area’s proximity to water and fertile land allowed them to harvest many animals and crops. African, English, and Spanish settlers also influenced the Acadians and the development of what we know today as Cajun cuisine.

The mark of Cajun cooking is spiciness as opposed to “hotness.” Most cooks utilize a variety of spices and seasonings in order to produce a remarkable culinary experience. Other staples in a Cajun diet include oysters, ham, bell peppers, celery, and rice.

About the Author:

Joseph Frey, III, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the Chief Executive Officer of Partners in Achievement. He teaches at area schools while assisting his clients. When not working, Dr. Frey enjoys cooking in a Cajun style, and he creates red beans and rice, crawfish and shrimp étouffée, redfish court bouillon, and other traditional dishes at home.

From the Office of Dr. Joseph Frey: Evans Lions Club

6 Jun

Since becoming a chartered member of Lions Clubs International in 2007, the Evans Lions Club in Georgia has focused its attention on improving the quality of life of underserved residents of the local community, Columbia County, and the state of Georgia. Like Lions Clubs International, the Evans club specifically dedicates much of its time to providing assistance to individuals who live with vision impairment. To fund its vision program and other charitable services, the Evans Lions Club holds monthly fundraisers such as pancake breakfasts, blood drives, or automobile shows.

Founded in Chicago in 1917, Lions Clubs International exists as the world’s largest service organization, with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs. Club members serve in more than 200 countries, working to provide assistance in communities, senior centers, hospitals, schools, and areas affected by natural disasters.

Through its sight program, Lions Clubs International supports screening, eyeglass recycling, eye banks, and assistance to those in danger of losing their sight. Other sponsored programs include youth volunteer activities, environmental programs, emergency assistance, and health programs.

A Licensed Psychologist in private practice since 1989, Dr. Joseph Frey brings a wealth of knowledge to his position as co-owner and CEO of Partners in Achievement (PIA) learning centers. Located in Augusta, Georgia, PIA focuses on improving learning and increasing academic achievement through cognitive training. Dr. Frey contributes to his community as a board member of the Evans Lions Club.